The Victorian Family Home of Gustav Holst
Holst Victorian House is an independent Arts Council Accredited Museum staffed mostly by Volunteers and governed by The Holst Birthplace Trust. Situated in the house where he was born in 1874, the Museum was founded by Gustav Holst’s daughter Imogen in 1974. See Holst’s piano and the room where he was born and uncover rooms as they would have been during his Victorian Childhood complete with period furniture and family art work.
Holst Victorian House is governed by The Holst Birthplace Trust, a registered charity comprising a board of Trustees. They are responsible for overseeing the running of the Museum and preservation of its collections as well as promoting the appreciation of Holst’s works through an ongoing programme of exhibitions, events and educational activities. Our Trustees come from a variety of backgrounds, including teaching, building conservation and the Civil Service. They meet every 6 weeks.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please see our current vacancies or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilary Simpson, Chair. Hilary lives in Pittville, a few minutes away from the Museum. She was Chair at Friends of The Wilson (2014-18), and has been a committee member at Cheltenham Arts Council and a Trustee of Friends of Pittville. She is currently Secretary at Pittville History Works and the Pittville Pump Room Revival campaign, and represents the heritage sector on Cheltenham Borough Council’s Culture Board.
Rachel Tedd, Honorary Secretary. Rachel was co-opted as Secretary in 2020 but was a Volunteer for the Museum for several years before that. She is a retired Civil Servant, whose main interest is music – singing with Cheltenham Bach Choir and playing medieval and renaissance music with Ypotryll and The Gloucester Waites.
Liz Giles, Treasurer. Liz has been a Trustee since 2017. She is a finance professional who has worked in the financial services sector and is also the Treasurer of the Friends of The Wilson. Her interests include pub quizzes and playing bridge.
Martin Renshaw, Digital Activity. Martin became a Trustee in 2020 taking on our Digital Portfolio. Previously he has worked in IT as a computer programmer and project manager. His other voluntary activities include Friends of The Wilson and Cheltenham Bridge Club.
Mike Jenkinson, Rebranding. Mike was co-opted as Trustee in 2020 to lead the Museum’s efforts in rebranding. He has been a Volunteer at the Museum since 2010 and manages Front of House training. A retired Civil Servant, his interests include music, golf, 10-pin bowling and travel.
Alan Parker, Events. Alan has been a Volunteer since 2015 and Events Trustee since 2018. Since retiring from the Civil Service he has been spending a lot of time cycling and pursuing other interests such as music, literature, travel and watching sport.
Clive Petch, Buildings. Originally from Harrogate, Clive studied architecture at Bristol University 1973-78 and was elected to the RIBA in 1981. He has worked in Cheltenham for 35 years on a wide variety of projects, many of which have involved listed buildings. He is now a part-time consultant for BHB Clive Petch Ltd. He became a Trustee in 2018.
Sarah Staniforth, Collections. Sarah worked for the National Trust in a number of roles in the Conservation and Historic Properties Departments. She is currently a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, English Heritage, Landmark Trust and Pilgrim Trust. Her interests include conservation and the historic environment.
Marina Moore, Membership. She has been Volunteers’ Trustee and supported several other activities. Born in Sri Lanka, she lived in Thailand for 6 years, where she gained considerable museum and heritage management experience. Marina‘s interests include education, history, languages, classical music, and traditional Eastern music and dance.
John Wright, Music. John is a professional musician, with a background in teaching, organ and piano playing, and conducting. He is the conductor of Charlton Kings Choral Society and an examiner for ABRSM. His editing of some of Holst’s early works has resulted in several first publications and recordings.
Laura Kinnear, Curator. Laura has been Curator since 2008. Her love of museums began as a child aged 8, when she first visited the Holst and the Pittville Pump Room Costume Museum. On completing her Masters in Museology at UEA (2004) she worked at Gloucester Folk Museum and The Wilson. She is passionate about interpretation and widening audiences. When she is not working at the Museum she can be found writing her novel.
Lucy Moriarty, Learning and Administration Coordinator. Lucy has fond memories of making drops scones on the Museum range during a school trip in 1991. She returned as a member of staff in 2018. Prior to this she worked for Gloucester City Council Museums Service. She has a degree in History and an MA in Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries.
Cleaning – Jilly Danaher
Conservation – Louise Allen
Educational Delivery Support – Mandy & John Rowlands
Front of House Support & Social Media – Emily Barnard
Graphic Design – Sara Rossiter and Sarah Harvey
Website – David Hewitt
Most of the day to day work required in running our Museum is undertaken by a dedicated and long-serving group of Volunteers. To find out more about volunteering at Holst Victorian House see the Volunteers Page.
To find out more about Gustav Holst, Cheltenham local history, and art and music in the town, please see the following organisations.
The Life and works of Gustav Holst:
Pittville and Cheltenham
Music and Art in Cheltenham